the universe within…

November 1, 2013

“Everything you’ve learned in school as ‘obvious’ becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.”

– R. Buckminster Fuller

objet d'art? (the 'work' of the child in the story)

On a particular day – a couple of years back or so, I had taken a walk rather late in the evening, with a child,  to a nearby lake; this child had just begun ‘schooling’ – and was some 3 years of age – a very curious and  an edible  bundle at that –  and was very chatty; it was constantly commenting on everything and anything and  was forever asking questions rather incessantly… why, where, when, what, who and How — and most importantly Why NOTs?

And so.

The two of us were happily chatting about how we perceive everything – that, everything we see are ‘seen’ by us because our brains tell us so  and things like that.

That, whatever we perceive on the outside of us and even on the inside of us – everything and anything – is based on the delicate images that we create inside our head yadda, yadda, yadda; the child looked on with utter wonder and fascination at me, pointing to and tapping at its head, asking me “really? really?? …” … …even as we followed a red ant as it scurried about communicating with its fellow-ants while (may be) going back to its colony; the ant took a good amount of time – some 30 minutes or so and by that time it was getting darker, with quite a few stars shining and a brilliantly sparkly Venus holding forth near the zenith.  So, the ‘ant watching’ activity for the day was over and we headed home.

Presently, the child asks: oh the ant is still in my head; but that ant would also be there, or not there because it is here? (tapping his head)

I normally do not  do any appreciative oohs and aahs when a child says or does something remarkable – even if, where the child is going towards is, in the direction of one particular Schrodinger’s Cat or some random Uncertainty Principle or Maaya, if you will.

I merely asked the child: What do you think?

The child said: May be in both places, but will the ant in my head bite me in the night?

I said it would not  because of this and that and yadda yadda yadda…

Presently, the child is satisfied and we move on. It was a good long walk back towards home and it was getting  darker by the second…

a primary child in her environment; the one carrying a 'box' is that child in this story.

It was quite chilly and stuff and while we were briskly walking –  I looked up fascinated at the faintly visible milky way galaxy of ours  with its gossamer glow ( or akaash ganga, if you will)  and wondered audibly – Universe, universe, where are you?


… The little bundle bouncing along said, oh you want to know that? It is in your head!

Goosebumps. May not have been because of the cold.

I think, any child whose sense of curiosity and wonder is not periodically squashed, strangled & smothered or ignored, will go far – I mean it will reach nirvana, eventually.

And it is so true of all the children – the spark is there everywhere.

One feels so privileged  to be with Children, with their sheer brilliance and the afterglows they leave on us! (and thankfully, they are not yet adults like you and I, which is a very comforting feeling)

Elementary child engrossed in 'work'

(School photos courtesy: Ms P. Thanks!)

JournalEntry# 9th February, 2009

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2 Responses to “the universe within…”

  1. ramasami Says:

    Two (kinda) connected posts of a comrade:

    Yes. ChildrenFirst! :-)

    … and – ‘And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you’d be?’ (Lewis Carroll, who else could this be from!)

  2. இந்த அழகான பதிவுக்கு நன்றி. your conversation reminded of of the ‘brain in a vat’ experiment i had read about.

    Will you be kind enough to, write and also recommend some thing to read about Buckminister Fueller, when your time allows?

மேற்கண்ட பதிவு (அல்லது பின்னூட்டங்கள்) குறித்து (விருப்பமிருந்தால்) உரையாடலாமே...

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